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    DefaultSetting Recommendations For Aquarium Visit (UPDATE @ TOP W/PICS)

    I never shared any of the photos I took at the Georgia Aquarium with you guys! Thanks again for all of the helpful advice you gave me!

    It was very dark in the aquarium – that combined with shooting through glass at moving targets in murky water made taking photographs very difficult!!!!

    I would recommend everyone visit the aquarium if you ever get a chance! It was very nice!

    I took over 400 photos :-[ ;D .....to see some of my favorites click here: http://bighugelabs.com/flickr/slideshow.php?id=26934 and wait until it finishes loading (top left corner) before hitting play!!!










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    I'm going to the Georgia Aquarium (the largest aquarium in the world) on Monday and am stressing over what settings I should use on my camera. I've not had the best of luck with indoor pictures. Flash is not allowed in certain areas and the fact that I'll be shooting towards glass much of the time it would not be good for the flash anyway. Can anyone offer any advice on what settings I should be aware of in an indoor conditions such as this? At one point you walk through a "tunnel" where you are completely surrounded by glass (i think if you click the link below you can see a picture of this)! I'm worried because if it is low light my camera is not the greatest in these situations. I get a lot of noise from 400 ISO and up (which may be completely my fault, not the camera's??).
    I use a Sony H5 which does have manual settings.

    I've been looking forward to going to the aquarium ever since it opened (a year or so ago)! I really want my pictures to turn out decent!! Help!

    www.georgiaaquarium.org

    <br />[b]SEE MY FAVORITE JAKE PHOTOS HERE: [url=http://www.flickr.com/photos/kathy1976/sets/72157600396116652/]http://www.flickr.com/photos/kathy1976/sets/72157600396116652/[/url

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    I would use M mode. Set your Aperture to f/2.8 which is lowest you can go and adjust the shutter speed until the picture is in focus... You can find out how to change these settings in your manual.

    Another thing you can do is shoot in ISO mode, which might be a better option. But you'll need Noise Reduction software to get rid of the noise.

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    Here is a link that has some good information.
    http://www.aquatic-hobbyist.com/prof...otography.html

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    DefaultRe: Setting Recommendations For Aquarium Visit

    You also might consider buying a cheap monopod from Walmart. Especially if you don't what your pictures looking like this...


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    Just to clarify what Jimbo said. The SS does not focus the picture. Using his settings, you change the SS until the arrow in the center of the viewfinder is in the middle. This will give you what the camera feels is the correct EXPOSURE. Once this is set, push your shutter button down half way. This will FOCUS your shot.
    One of the hardest things for me to separate when I got my dSLR was EXPOSURE and FOCUS. Since a P&S does both at the same time, I had to learn to separate them in my mind when I started using Manual mode. EXPOSURE is how dark or light your photo is. FOCUS is how clear your photo is. You can have a very clear, sharply focused photo that has terrible exposure and vice-a-versa, a wonderfully exposed shot that is blurry.


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    Thanks BM for clarifying, exposure is what I meant... I have the Sony DSC-H5 and the best feature on it is the 3" LCD and I highly recommend using it and making the necessary adjustments until the picture has the correct exposure (lightened or darkened). The worst feature is shooting indoors... IT SUCKS which is one of the reasons I bought a DSLR, but it's not impossible to get good shots but it takes a lot of practice. Also, DPreview's Sony Talk forum is a another place to get advice from people who are familiar with your camera.

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    Thanks for the helpful advice Jimbo and Buddysmom! I'm going write everything you've said down and take it with me!

    Linda - thanks for the website referral - that website is very helpful!

    Jimbo - have you had any issues with your half press focus on the H5? I do. >I've got to send it back for repairs but have been putting it off. :'(

    Would you guys recommend a filter for reducing reflections in this situation? Someone on the Dpreview site had one that they used at a museum to shoot through glass. If you think that would help, is a polarizing filter the one I need?
    <br />[b]SEE MY FAVORITE JAKE PHOTOS HERE: [url=http://www.flickr.com/photos/kathy1976/sets/72157600396116652/]http://www.flickr.com/photos/kathy1976/sets/72157600396116652/[/url

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    Jimbo - have you had any issues with your half press focus on the H5? I do. >I've got to send it back for repairs but have been putting it off.
    It quit working a while ago but I never sent it in...

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    There are a lot of people out there with the half press problem. There is a girl I met on dpreview that bit the bullet and sent hers in a month ago. She still doesn't have it back and the status just says "waiting on parts". : This is my only digital camera and I don't want to be without it that long!
    <br />[b]SEE MY FAVORITE JAKE PHOTOS HERE: [url=http://www.flickr.com/photos/kathy1976/sets/72157600396116652/]http://www.flickr.com/photos/kathy1976/sets/72157600396116652/[/url

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    DefaultRe: Setting Recommendations For Aquarium Visit

    all good advice. If I might make a suggestion, try a few different settings to see which produce the best results. My big problem was always picking one mode and shooting with ONLY that. Try a few, delete them if they look bad and try the next setting

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